Talent and collaboration are key themes from CIO conference….
At The Wall Street Journal’s CIO Network conference last week, chief information officers voiced their continued focus on securing their companies, hiring the right talent and building out new infrastructure to help them reach their customers.
Security “is really on everybody’s mind,” said Brad Strock, CIO at PayPal Inc. IT chiefs said they would focus on finding new ways to share and collect threat indicators as quickly and widely as possible, and look for new ways to make it more expensive for hackers to attack a company’s systems.
Yvonne Wassenaar, CIO at New Relic Inc., said she wants to build out the data integration layer underneath the company’s cloud applications so they can share information with one another.
A lot of data and insight can sit within individual SaaS applications, ”
“People think having SaaS applications solves world hunger, but the reality is a lot of data and insight sits in those, and yet you want to solve problems that require data across them,” she said. One example: when hiring sales reps, it would be great to be able to combine data from Workday Inc. and Salesforce.com Inc.
As companies continue to embrace cloud computing and upgrade their legacy technology infrastructure, CIOs noted the need for a new set of skills inside IT. As CIO Journal reported in December, this year is likely to see firms not only competing for the best people, but also adding new programs to keep them around.
Collaboration was another theme running through the conference. Done right, messaging can become a “window to the workflows throughout a company,” Slack co-founder and CEO Stewart Butterfield said. But analysts say many enterprise collaboration tools fail to help users do their jobs. Said PayPal’s Mr. Strock: “How do we enable employees to collaborate without adding more distraction to everyone’s already busy day?”
StevenNorton, WSJ – CIO Network